Australia > Porn hidden in Christmas gifts

Parents have been warned to check their children’s Christmas presents after it was revealed hundreds of hardcore pornographic images had been hidden in books, clothes and toys at some of Melbourne’s major shopping centres.

Police fear children could open gifts on Christmas morning to find them lined with porn.

Information technology expert Kenneth Palliser, of Mitcham, allegedly slipped pornographic images of children into merchandise at four major shopping complexes in the eastern suburbs between November 18 and 26.

He was arrested in a police sting at Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre on November 26 and Taskforce Goral has been set up to investigate the full scope of his alleged activity. The shopping centres where goods were allegedly contaminated were Knox City, Doncaster, Forest Hill Chase and Eastland.

Det. Sen-Sgt Greg Heafield, of the Nunawading Criminal Investigation Unit, appealed to parents to check gifts thoroughly before wrapping them to avoid a shock on December 25.

Information can be given to Crime Stoppers on 1300 888 000 or by visiting www.crimestoppers.com.au

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